DAVAO CITY- At least 1500 families in Mabini, Davao de Oro were walking back to their respective homes with a smile with all the free food they got from the Community Pantry organized by Sto Niño Parish, Mabini Bikers Club, 1001st Infantry Brigade and 28th Infantry battalion at the Parish covered court on May 2.
Captain Roberto Escalona Jr., the Civil-Military Operation officer of 1001st Infantry brigade, said various vegetables, rice, canned goods, condiments and other items donated by the organizers and stakeholders were shared by thousands of residents.
The organizers said the Community Pantry will somehow help the people who are most affected by COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the restrictions brought about by the pandemic, the organizer strictly adhered to the minimum health protocols like wearing of face mask and social distancing were observed. Reminders were constantly reiterated during the activity to ensure that these protocols are observed.
“Nalipay mi ug dako, kay naa pa jud diay mga malumo nga kasing-kasing nga andam motabang sa mga kabus” (We are very happy, knowing that there still kindhearted people who are willing to help especially the needy), said Alice an elderly beneficiary.
Father Emerson “Ems” Luego, Parish priest of Sto Niño Parish thanked the benevolent hearts of the people who willingly and whole-heartedly donated the items. He further expressed gratitude to the co-organizers, who contributed to the success of the activity.
“This could not be possible without the collaboration of the stakeholders who imparted their blessings to the needy, and for that, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you,” Luego said.
Brigadier General Luis Rex Bergante, 1001st Infantry brigade commander expressed the same gratitude. “This activity proved, time and again that collaboration among the stakeholders is very essential especially during these trying times. We need to work together in order to help the people who are in need. To those who are willing to help and donate for this kind of activity, please channel your donations to the right people – the clergy, LGUs and even to the Armed Forces” Bergante said in a statement.
The Community Pantry in Mabini with a theme, “Huwag mawalan ng Pag-asa, may maaasahan kang Kasama” along with the AFP’s theme, “Tulong Bayanihan para sa Sambayanan” display the true essence of convergence for the benefit of the people Bergante said.